The Organization of the Program

The course offerings are divided into modules that build on one another in terms of both subject matter and sequence. In the first semester, the students are provided with a common basis for addressing the cultures of the curatorial.

The courses center on the history of exhibition, flanked by courses on the history and theory of art from 1800 to the present. The curatorial project is begun in parallel with and in relation to this coursework. As a rule, students realize the project in collaboration with other students and develop it closely following institutional guidelines.

In the second semester, the focus shifts to the research practice of the curatorial project. In parallel with that there are courses on transdisciplinarity: on the connections between curatorial approaches in art and those of dance, theater, film, literature, music, and the natural sciences.

In the third semester, the discussion of the curatorial is extended to include its transcultural function and significance. The theme of the courses shifts to the curatorial under conditions of globalization. In addition, students begin to work on their master’s project. It includes a final curatorial project and a final written work. In relation to this, the teaching takes the form of a colloquium, with a separate course to teach methods of conception.

The fourth, final semester is entirely dedicated to the master’s project. The conception module continues, and the semester ends with the presentations of the final curatorial project and the final written work.


Die Bewerbungsphase für den aktuellen Jahrgang mit Beginn im Wintersemester 17/18 ist abgeschlossen. Der nächste Bewerbungsturnus wird im Frühjahr 2019 auf dieser Seite angekündigt.


Our programms application process for the class of winter 17/18 is closed. The next application deadline will be announced early 2019 on this website.